Trail Talk 239 November 23rd 2022

Hullett Sugar Bush Blue trail

That was quite a change on Sunday November 12th with Winter’s arrival.  In the Clinton area there was about six inches of snow that caused many shrubs , and cedars to hang down over the trails.  The challenge was to hike the trails without getting too much snow down the back of your neck.   The advantage of the snow was the ability to see what animals had been on the trails such as wild turkeys, and deer.  The wet snow on the trees made for great winter wonderland photographs.

Susan Ethelston ,George Cantin, Rick Poisson, Anne Storey, Wendy Merner, Wendy Hoernig, Lise Ellacott and Paula Deering at Hullett

The “Uneven” hike on November 17th was on the Hullett Sugar Bush trails. Many of the nine hikers were caught a bit off guard by the depth of the snow which was often about one foot deep. Fortunately I had brought my snow shoes to break a trail.

Some hikers had recently tried to hike the Menesetung trail but found it was impassable due to the tops of trees, left from felling dead trees on the GART.  I understand that there are plans to clear the blockages.

Before the snow came  when on the Rea Tract I saw a frog , which has now been confirmed by the Toronto Zoo adopt a pond frog watch program and iNaturalist as being a wood frog – the first one I have knowingly seen.

A Wood Frog

On my “Feeder watch”  I usually see 10 or 12 species of bird at our feeders. Last winter in the Cornell Lab/Birds Canada  Feeder Watch report for the NE (which includes our area),  the most common species (at over 90% of feeders) were Chickadees, Dark- eyed Juncos, Downy Woodpeckers and Northern Cardinals. The only bird in the top 25 most commonly seen species I have not seen is the Tufted Titmouse reported at 67% of the feeders. However we are the most northern end of its range.

Notes:

Monday December  5th to Sunday December 11th  The Maitland Trail will be closed due to gun deer hunting, however you can still hike in the Maitland Woods, Sifto Loop, Millennium trail, the Falls Reserve  and the G2G/GART.

Monday December 26th  1.30 p.m. Hike or snowshoe  on the Hullett Sugar Bush trails to get rid of some of the extra pounds put on over Christmas.  Meet at 80605 Wildlife Line. Expect to take from 1 ½  to 2 hours depending on conditions.  Preregister with Patrick Capper pcapper99@gmail.com

January 1st Hike or snowshoe the Falls Reserve.  The annual New Year’s day outing. Details to follow.

Tuesday Trompers meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to hike for about an hour  If you wish to be on this email list, send an email to mta@maitlandtrail.ca All hikers must sign the waiver, preferably the Online waiver at www.maitland trail.ca

Uneven Hikers hike for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays, contact Patrick Capper. Both groups meet at 9 a.m.  and are open to non-members provided they sign the MTA on-line waiver.

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com.